Kevin Johnson (South Carolina)

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Kevin Johnson
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South Carolina State Senate District 36
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
November 14, 2016
Base salary$10,400/year
Per diem$140/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedApril 5, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House District 64
ProfessionMayor, City of Manning
Office website
Kevin L. Johnson is a Democratic member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Johnson served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 64 from 2011 to 2012. Johnson was first elected to the House in an April 5, 2011, special election. The election was held to fill the vacancy created when Democratic incumbent Cathy Harvin lost her battle with breast cancer on December 4, 2010, shortly after her re-election.[1]


Johnson received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina in 1982. He was chairman of Black River Healthcare Inc. from 1988 to 2004. Johnson was President of the South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors from 2004 to 2010. Johnson also served as the Mayor of Manning, South Carolina.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:

South Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Labor, Commerce and Industry
Medical Affairs


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:



See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Johnson ran in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 36. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. Incumbent John Land (D) did not run for re-election. Johnson defeated Leon Winn (R), Eleazer Carter (D), and Shaun Kent (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKevin L. Johnson Incumbent 59.5% 25,637
     Republican Leon Winn 28.1% 12,111
     Democratic Eleazer Carter 2.6% 1,138
     Independent Shaun Kent 9.6% 4,136
     Other Write-Ins 0.1% 46
Total Votes 43,068


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Johnson defeated Walter Sanders (R) in the April 5, 2011 special election, winning by a 52.5% to 47.5% margin.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $103,701 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 21, 2013.[7]

Kevin Johnson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 South Carolina State Senate, District 36 Won $66,576
2011 South Carolina State House, District 64 Won $37,125
Grand Total Raised $103,701


Johnson won election to the South Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson raised a total of $66,576.


Johnson won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Johnson raised a total of $37,125.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in South Carolina

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of South Carolina scorecards, email suggestions to

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The South Carolina State Legislature was in its 120th legislative session from January 8, 2013, to June 6, 2014. In 2014, a statewide session was held from June 17 to June 19 "for the consideration of certain specified matters."[8]

  • Legislators are scored on business issues, including: infrastructure funding, the Department of Employment and Workforce Integrity bill, expanding 4-year-old kindergarten and funding for the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council.
  • The scorecards are not comprehensive, but concentrate on issues related to jobs, spending, and freedom.
  • Legislators are scored on efforts to promote economic freedom, lower taxes, create an efficient and accountable state government, reduce spending, protect small businesses and reform the state's pension system.
  • Legislators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.

The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[9]


Kevin Johnson received a score of 13% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 95th out of all 124 South Carolina House of Representatives members.[10] His score was followed by representatives Walton McLeod (13%), James Merrill (13%), and Elizabeth Munnerlyn (13%).[11]


Johnson and his wife, Gloria, have three children -- Kimberly, Kennth and Kyndra.

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